Adobe Systems Inc. today announced that Premiere 6, its digital video editing solution, will support real-time editing and effects on the Macintosh. The advance is made possible through a combination of Apple’s new QuickTime 5 software and new add-on cards coming to the Macintosh this spring.
Up until now, Mac users utilizing Premiere have had to wait for video effects and transitions to be rendered — a shortcoming that hasn’t been present for PC-based Premiere users, Adobe noted. Now, Mac users will be able to view effects and transitions instantly, in real-time.
Adobe indicated that the real-time cards coming to the Mac this spring offer a variety of different features ranging from transitions and titles to special effects like color correction, 2D and 3D motion and particle effects. The new cards will sport different video format compatibility including uncompressed, DV and HDTV. Manufacturers working on new Premiere 6.0-compatible cards include Aurora Video Systems, Digital Marketing International, Matrox Digital Video Solutions and ProMax Systems Inc.
Adobe Senior Vice President of product marketing Bryan Lamkin said that Adobe and its hardware partners are both focused on providing Mac users with the highest quality tools available.
“With Adobe Premiere 6.0 and a real-time hardware card, professionals are going to be able to produce video more efficiently, allowing them to spend more time creating and less time waiting,” said Lamkin.
QuickTime 5 hasn’t yet been released in its final version. Over the past several months, however, Apple has released public preview versions of the new 5.0 release.
Adobe Premiere 6.0 is now available for Mac OS 9.0.4 for US$549. Upgrades for previous versions are also available.